Channel roundup: Who's gone where?

Your weekly snapshot of activity in the channel, with moves this week at Ingram Micro, TmaxSoft and ServiceNow

Ingram Micro

Following the announcement that Ingram Micro is to be bought by Chinese company Tianjin Tianhai, it has come to light that the firm’s president and COO, Paul Read, is to step down.

The separation agreement came to light in a filing made with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

“Pursuant to the separation agreement, Mr. Read’s role as President and Chief Operating Officer will end on February 26, 2016, but he will remain employed by the Company for a transition period until September 2016, during which time he will continue to receive his same base salary, benefits and equity award vesting,” the filing said.


TmaxSoft has appointed former Oracle man, Nick Hayes, as sales manager for the UK. Hayes will spearhead the firm’s crusade to migrate customers away from Oracle over to TmaxSoft’s relational database offering.

As well as working for the other side, Hayes has also worked for a number of Oracle partners, specialising in licence compliance and software audits.

Hayes commented: “The relational database market has become stagnant in the UK, with big players dominating the space with little room for competition. I’ve seen first hand the impact an aggressive vendor audit can have on an organisation and really think it’s time for a shakeup of the sector, with new and innovative products giving fresh options for companies frustrated with the current lack of choice. With severe lack of clarity in licencing agreements becoming the norm with established database vendors, I was on the lookout for a strong alternative to Oracle’s stronghold over the industry.

“TmaxSoft, and its relational database product Tibero, is the only viable alternative to Oracle currently on the market. With a global and reach and international success, the business is well placed to make an impact on the UK’s IT sector. In addition, its cost effective approach and clear licencing policies present a truly attractive option for companies investing in digital programmes. I’m excited about my new position with TmaxSoft and look forward to further building its foothold in the UK in the future.”


ServiceNow announced the appointment of Philip van der Wilt as vice president of sales for ServiceNow EMEA.

With more than 20 years of sales leadership experience, van der Wilt  most recently held a similar role at data protection and information management firm Commvault.

Prior to that, he was managing director Europe North at EMC for the Backup & Recovery Systems division. He has also held senior leadership positions with Decru, a NetApp company, Legato and Nashuatec.

“The transformation already achieved by our customers in EMEA is inspiring,” said van der Wilt. “I look forward to working closely with our industry leading team and partner ecosystem to help our customers change the way they work.”



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